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Pollock's walk-off home run sends D-backs past Padres

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PHOENIX -- Add a dramatic ninth-inning moment to what's looking more and more like a breakout season for A.J. Pollock.

The young center fielder, in his second full big-league season, hit a two-out, two-run homer on the first pitch he saw in the ninth to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 7-5 victory against the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

"We were standing there and we were saying `Let's walk them off, let's walk them off," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said, "and he crushed the ball."

It was the first game-ending home run of Pollock's career.

"A really cool feeling," Pollock said. "That's what you do. You come in here every day and put a lot of swings in the cages and you work hard and it's really cool when you actually get up there when the team needs you in late innings and be able to win a game."

Pollock, hitless in his first 13 at-bats this season, went 3 for 5 to bring his season average to .296. In his past 26 games, Pollock is batting .341 (31 for 91) with five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI.

"He's just super-talented," teammate Cody Ross said. "He's got all the tools to be a great player and you can see that he's getting comfortable."

With their fifth loss in seven games, the Padres are only 2 games ahead of last-place Arizona in the NL West.

Cliff Pennington was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Eric Chavez hit into a fielder's choice ahead of Pollock's soaring homer to center off Kevin Quackenbush (0-1).

Pollock said the pitch "was probably a little out of the zone, but I just wanted to be aggressive."

Yonder Alonso homered and Everth Cabrera launched a three-run shot off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy in the fifth inning to give San Diego a 4-2 lead.

Martin Prado doubled in a run and singled for the Diamondbacks, just back from a 2-4 road trip and opening a seven-game home stand.

Brad Ziegler (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

"Great game, no doubt about that," Padres manager Bud Black said. "High intensity on both ends. We got back in the game after two nothing with a big inning. They bounced back, we bounced back with a home run. ... They got the last at-bat and put a good swing on a high fastball. `'

The Diamondbacks went up 2-0 in the second when Prado singled softly up the middle and Ross reached on a bloop hit to short right. With two outs, Pennington singled off third baseman Chase Headley's glove to bring in one run, and another scored when center fielder Alexi Amarista didn't pick up the ball cleanly.

McCarthy blanked the Padres through four, but just after the Chase Field roof opened Alonso hit the first pitch of the fifth inning into the swimming pool area in right. After two outs, Amarista and Tyson Ross singled, and Cabrera homered just inside the right field foul pole.

Ross, San Diego's starter, couldn't hold the lead, facing five batters without an out in Arizona's three-run sixth. Pollock singled, then Gerardo Parra reached on a bunt. Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run, Miguel Montero singled home another and Prado barely missed a home run with a double into the cranny next to the Arizona bullpen, putting the Diamondbacks ahead 5-4 and ending Ross' night.

The lead didn't last long. McCarthy retired the first two in the seventh but was yanked after pinch-hitter Tommy Medica doubled. Lefty Joe Thatcher came on and allowed an RBI double to Cabrera and it was 5-5.

Each manager challenged a call and both were rejected. Black challenged a call in the fourth when Seth Smith tried to stretch a double to a triple and was called out on an extremely close play.

Gibson challenged a safe call on an attempted pickoff of Headley in the eighth.

With two outs in the eighth Jedd Gyorko singled and was easily thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Notes

The Diamondbacks said day-of-game ticket sales totaled 5,563, the largest at Chase since August 2008. ... In the second game of the series Tuesday, San Diego sends Eric Stults (2-5, 4.97 ERA) to the mound, while Arizona goes with Wade Miley (3-5, 4.85). ... McCarthy leads the Diamondbacks in homers allowed (11). ... The Padres opened a six-game road trip with their first game at Arizona.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Pollock
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4124001 .245
Seth Smith, RF4010011 .315
Carlos Quentin, LF4010001 .389
   Cameron Maybin, CF0000000 .286
Chase Headley, 3B4010001 .208
Yonder Alonso, 1B4121011 .206
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4010012 .170
Rene Rivera, C4000010 .222
Alexi Amarista, CF-LF4120010 .204
Tyson Ross, P2110011 .100
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   a-Tommy Medica, PH1110000 .206
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   b-Yasmani Grandal, PH1000010 .200
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
Totals36512507  
a-doubled for Vincent in the 7th
b-struck out for Benoit in the 9th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (10, Thatcher), Seth Smith (13, McCarthy), Yonder Alonso (12, McCarthy), Alexi Amarista (3, McCarthy), Tommy Medica (2, McCarthy)
HR - Everth Cabrera (3, McCarthy), Yonder Alonso (3, McCarthy)
RBI - Everth Cabrera 4 (10), Yonder Alonso (14)
2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera 4 (6)
SB - Everth Cabrera (11, 3rd base off Thatcher/Montero)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Headley-Gyorko-Alonso
E - Alexi Amarista (2, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross 5954040 2.97
Nick Vincent 1000010 3.22
Dale Thayer 1000000 2.28
Joaquin Benoit 1000120 1.90
Kevin Quackenbush (L,0-1) 0.2122011 5.40
HBP - Pennington (by Kevin Quackenbush)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 77-51, Nick Vincent 16-11, Dale Thayer 9-6, Joaquin Benoit 21-11, Kevin Quackenbush 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 5-5, Nick Vincent 1-1, Dale Thayer 2-1, Kevin Quackenbush 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 23, Nick Vincent 3, Dale Thayer 3, Joaquin Benoit 4, Kevin Quackenbush 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
A.J. Pollock, CF5232000 .296
Gerardo Parra, RF4110011 .264
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4111011 .304
Miguel Montero, C4011010 .255
Martin Prado, 3B3121110 .264
Cody Ross, LF4110013 .198
Chris Owings, SS4000024 .259
Cliff Pennington, 2B3011012 .242
Brandon McCarthy, P2000001 .095
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   a-Aaron Hill, PH1000000 .255
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   b-Eric Chavez, PH1000001 .279
   Ender Inciarte, PR0100000 .111
Totals35710618  
a-flied out for Thatcher in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Ziegler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (8, Ross)
HR - A.J. Pollock (6, Quackenbush)
RBI - A.J. Pollock 2 (13), Paul Goldschmidt (34), Miguel Montero (25), Martin Prado (20), Cliff Pennington (6)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pollock 2 (5), Cliff Pennington (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - A.J. Pollock 1, Cody Ross 1
DP - Owings-Pennington-Goldschmidt, Owings-Pennington-Goldschmidt-McCarthy-Owings-Goldschmidt
E - Paul Goldschmidt (5, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy 6.2955042 4.87
Joe Thatcher (BS,1) 0.1100000 2.40
Brad Ziegler (W,1-1) 2200030 2.30
WP - Brandon McCarthy (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 82-57, Joe Thatcher 10-7, Brad Ziegler 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 10-4, Brad Ziegler 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Joe Thatcher 2, Brad Ziegler 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35580
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Sean Barber, Third Base - Chris Guccione